Friday, April 01, 2022

Cozy Mark IV, N294MV: Accidents occurred March 30, 2022 and February 01, 2017

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona 

Location: Tucson, Arizona 
Accident Number: WPR22LA138
Date and Time: March 30, 2022, 13:30 Local
Registration: N294MV
Aircraft: ROBINSON MICHAEL E COZY MARK IV 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On March 30, 2022, about 1330 mountain standard time, an experimental amateur-built Cozy Mark IV, airplane, N294MV, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Tucson, Arizona. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that during the base turn to final, while descending in flight idle, the engine lost power. The pilot immediately switched fuel tanks, confirmed that the fuel boost pump was on, and attempted to restart the engine. The attempts were unsuccessful and the airplane subsequently impacted trees about 1000 ft short of the runway threshold.

The airplane was recovered to a secured facility for future examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ROBINSON MICHAEL E
Registration: N294MV
Model/Series: COZY MARK IV 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRYN,2418 ft msl 
Observation Time: 13:34 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 280°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Marana, AZ
Destination: Tucson, AZ

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 32.146578,-111.1644 (est)

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Drexel Heights Fire District - 

Drexel Heights Fire District crews were dispatched at 13:45 hrs for a possible plane crash at Ryan Field on March 30, 2022. Upon arrival, crews found a single-engine plane in the desert area near the runway. The aircraft was on its roof with heavy damage. The single occupant/pilot was able to free themselves from the wreckage and was found to have only minor injuries.
 
February 01, 2017


Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board


The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:


Location: Anthony, NM
Accident Number: CEN17LA098
Date & Time: 02/01/2017, 1536 MST
Registration: N294MV
Aircraft: ROBINSON MICHAEL E COZY MARK IV
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total)
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis

The airline transport pilot and private pilot were conducting a personal, local flight in a single-engine, amateur-built airplane. During takeoff, the private pilot applied full power and began to climb the airplane. During climbout, about 400 ft above ground level, the pilots noticed a total and abrupt loss of engine power. Following unsuccessful attempts to regain power, the airline transport pilot executed a forced landing to an uneven field, during which the right wing and fuselage sustained substantial damage.

Examination and testing of the engine and fuel system components revealed no evidence of any mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. The reason for the loss of engine power could not be determined.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
A total loss of engine power during climbout for reasons an examination of the engine and fuel system was not able to determine, which resulted in a forced landing on unsuitable terrain.

Findings

Not determined (general) - Unknown/Not determined
Environmental issues Rough terrain - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

On February 1, 2017, about 1536 mountain standard time, an experimental amateur-built Cozy Mark IV airplane, N294MV, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Anthony, New Mexico. The airline transport pilot and private pilot were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight, which had recently departed from Cielo Dorado Estates Airport (NM05), Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

The two pilots had been flying about 90 minutes, during which they accomplished several approaches in the local area. While executing a go-around from NM05, the private pilot applied full power and began a climb. About 400 ft above ground level, the pilots noticed a total and abrupt loss of engine power. Based on their perception that the power loss was due to a fuel issue, the pilots turned the fuel boost pump on and adjusted the mixture control, with no effect. The airline transport pilot accomplished a forced landing into a field, during which the right wing and fuselage were damaged.

The accident occurred on the second flight of the amateur-built airplane, which was equipped with a Lycoming IO-360-C1C fuel injected engine. Examination at the accident site by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed adequate fuel was present in both the left and right fuel tanks, with the fuel selector in the right tank position.

At the recovery location, a mechanic's examination revealed that all fuel lines and the fuel filter were intact and unobstructed. A small amount of sanding dust was observed in the fuel filter. The fuel boost pump was tested and determined to be operational. The fuel flow divider was removed and disassembled, which revealed a small amount of sanding dust. A flow check was conducted on the fuel nozzles, with no blockages or anomalies. During rotation of the propeller, the engine displayed normal continuity and magneto operation. No engine or fuel system anomalies were discovered that would have resulted in a loss of engine power.

History of Flight

Initial climb Loss of engine power (total) (Defining event)
Initial climb Attempted remediation/recovery
Landing Off-field or emergency landing

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport
Age: 73, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/17/2015
Flight Time: 27663 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2600 hours (Total, this make and model), 19697 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 36 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 59, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam:  06/20/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/10/2015
Flight Time:  1508 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2 hours (Total, this make and model), 1508 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 23 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 12 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:  ROBINSON MICHAEL E
Registration: N294MV
Model/Series: COZY MARK IV
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2016
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental; Restricted
Serial Number: 0394
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/25/2016, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1900 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 2 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3.5 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-C1C
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 200 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KELP, 3916 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1551 MST
Direction from Accident Site: 113°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 25000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 280°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / -10°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Santa Teresa, NM (NM05)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Santa Teresa, NM (5T6)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1535 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: Cielo Dorado Estates Airport (NM05)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 3750 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 22
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 400 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  31.901667, -106.651111